Perennial, tufted herb from thick, creeping rhizomes; stems slender, scattered or loosely clustered, 6- to 8-angled with a vascular bundle under each angle, 5-40 cm tall.
Sheaths conspicuously reddish-purple toward the bases, blunt-tipped; blades lacking.
Spikes solitary, terminal, egg-shaped, 3-10 mm long, 10- to 30-flowered.
Outermost scale relatively large and broad, globe-shaped, usually with firm, often greenish areas toward the bases on the midribs, the other scales narrower, usually 2-3 mm long, mostly dark except for the pale, translucent tips, the lowest scale usually
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|ICH(1), IDF(1), PP(1)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Eleocharis capitata var. borealis Svens.
Eleocharis compressa Sull.
Eleocharis compressa var. borealis (Svens.) Drapalik & Mohlenbr.
Eleocharis elliptica var. compressa
Eleocharis elliptica var. elliptica
Eleocharis tenuis (Willd.) Schult.
Eleocharis tenuis var. borealis (Svens.) Gleason